Ritz-Carlton has opened a hotel in Chengdu, the first of two properties that it will add in China this month.
The Chengdu hotel is located on the site of a former imperial palace in the centre of the south western Chinese city. The 41-storey, 353-room tower will have 113 Club rooms and 55 suites. It will also offer 1,700 square metres of meeting space for up to 900 guests.
Chengdu will be followed by another new hotel in Tianjin later this month. They will bring Ritz-Carlton’s presence in China to a total of 10 properties. Both new hotels will offer Club level personal butler services and private check-in.
Chengdu, an industrial centre with a rapidly expanding population, currently at 15 million, is the latest destination for British Airways, which began flying there last month.
The openings come just after the launch of a Ritz-Carlton Chinese website http://www.ritzcarlton.com/cn and a page on Sina Weibo http://e.weibo.com/ritzcarlton; the first Mandarin language social media channel for the brand.
Ritz-Carlton is on a major expansion drive, aiming to have 100 properties worldwide by 2016. To read more from Business Traveller, click here